Wednesday: Tree Line

Dec 10, 2014   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  Comments Off on Wednesday: Tree Line

Calendar:   Discussed the date in English and Spanish.  Keira put the number on the calendar, discussed the weather, found the day of the week in Spanish and told us the pattern on the calendar.  She reviewed all our sight words, Spanish words, Sign language and counted to 20 in English and Spanish.

Fun Facts/Brainstorming:  Reviewed what we learned about Spruce trees.  Discussed:  What do you think a tree line is? Fun facts:  The tree line is the edge of the habitat at which trees are capable of growing.  Beyond the tree line, trees cannot tolerate the environmental conditions (usually temperatures or lack of moisture).

Language and Literacy:  Discussed: What letters do you recognize in the word ” tree?” Set out paper strips and invited children to experiment making different letters with them. Observed which letters children try to make. We looked at the photo cards and discussed the photo and how to spell the word “tree” and “train”.   Discussed how to write the letter Tt. Each child practiced writing the lowercase and Capital letter Tt on the Wipe off board.  They also practiced making the letters in their journals.

Science:  Discussed: Why do you think trees can’t grow above the tree line? Explained that at the top of tall mountains, the air is thin, cold and often covered with snow. The trees cannot grow in these conditions. Taped a long line in the middle of the room and invited children to explore jumping, hopping or leaping over it. Can they hold their breath when they are hoping over the line?

Creative Development:  Discussed: What do you think it would feel like to hike all the way up to the tree line? Set out different musical instruments and objects children can strike to make different sounds. Invited children to explore the different sounds and try to sort them by high and low tones. 

Mathematics and Reasoning: Discussed: What do you think a tree needs to grow? We used the number cards and the children picked a card and told us what the number was. They then had to count out the matching number of trees and make a tree line.

Show and Tell:  Each child was to bring an item that begins with the letter T.  They came up one at a time and showed their item to everyone; discussing what it was and why they brought it.

Tumble Bus Day:  See the form by the front door to see what activity they did today!

Afternoon Centers:   Center 1-  Wooden Blocks  Center 2- My Little Journal- The children will go to the T page.  They will practice making the capital and lowercase Tt.  The children will then make green and brown T’s on the page to make it look like a forest.  They will try to write the word “tree”.  Center 3-  Mountain Math-The children will cut their numbers and tree cards apart.  Practice with your children at home to pick a number and count out the matching number of trees. 

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